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  • Ghanshyam Goradia & Family

    We visited Porini Amboseli and Kicheche Bush Camp Masai Mara. Both the places were exceptional.

    All travel plans including internal flights and internal transfers went like clock work. We were a little worried as this was our first trip through you but all worries were laid to rest.

    As promised by you the camps were well informed about our dietary requirements (Veg food) and they took care of everything.

    Finally the game viewing itself was stunning awesome and you can continue with the adjectives. Even the location and feel of Kicheche Bush Camp was beautiful.

    Thanks again for everything.

    Ghanshyam Goradia and family, we traveled as 1 couple accompanied with 12 year old child.

    Travelled to : Kenya during June 2014.

  • Sanjay Chinai & Family

    It was our first time on an African safari and Arvind of Safari Africa planned our trip perfectly right from the initial planning and itinerary to the time we landed in Kilimajaro up until we left.

    Everything was perfect and well taken care of by him and his team of experts who were friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. Arvind has gotten us addicted to African safaris and I will always plan my trips through him and his team. Thanks a lot for an outstanding trip Arvind!

    Travelled to : Tanzania & Kenya during May 2014.

  • Pervin & Daraius Dadachanji & Family

    We had a fabulous 15 day holiday in South Africa, with a 2 day side trip to the Victoria falls in Zambia.

    All the arrangements and bookings were done by Safari Africa, and there was nothing that was below expectations or could have been better. Everything worked like clockwork, and there were no anxious moments.

    At the Zambezi Sun Hotel at Livingstone, we could hear the roar of the Victoria falls from our room. The hotel was lovely, very African Safari themed, with very helpful staff. When we woke up in the morning, there were Zebras grazing on the lawn, and when we walked through the woods around the hotel, we came upon a herd of giraffe! The falls are a 5 minute walk from the hotel garden, so you could go any time, as often as you liked.

    At the Kruger national park, we stayed at the Lukimbi Forest Lodge, which is a 5 star safari lodge in the heart of the park and on its own concession of several thousand hectares, so ensuring privacy from day trippers. The lodge is beautifully located on a river, with 16 cottages set apart from each other, and wild game is free to pass through the grounds, which you can see through large plate glass windows. The safari experience at Lukimbi was mind-blowing - we got great sightings of the big 5 (elephant, lion, rhino, leopard and cape buffalo) on the very first day, and each safari had its own great sightings and exciting moments. On one occasion, we saw a lioness stalking and attempting to hunt a leopard; the leopard realised and escaped just in the nick of time. On another occasion, on a forest walk with the rangers, we came upon a herd of elephants and had to take cover until they passed. Marissa, who manages the lodge, does a great job of keeping the guests comfortable and well-fed, and each meal is a gastronomic delight, with a variety of game being served. Our safari guide, Steff, did a super job in making sure we got to see as much game as possible in the 3 days we were there.

    Lake Pleasant Living, where we stayed for 3 days, is a delightful place on the lake, and within driving distance of George, Oudtshoorn and Knysna, where there are a number of activities and great restaurants. The zip lining through the forest was fun, as was the ostrich farm, but we didn’t indulge in sky diving, bungee jumping or any of the other adventure sports available there. The visit to the stunning Cango caves was memorable. We had a delightful drive along the garden route through the wine country, with a lunch stop at a winery restaurant near Franschhoek, where we had another superb meal, before driving on to Cape Town.

    The Cape Royal Hotel at Cape Town really gave us royal treatment, and its great location meant that we could walk down to the buzzing waterfront area any time we wanted. The Cape Peninsula tour, Table Mountain and seal and penguin colonies were all lovely, and our guide, Greg, was very knowledgeable and helpful. We also added a trip to Robben Island, and I feel that is also something that you could offer. It gives you a real sense of the emergence of the political prison, apartheid and race issues. It is also worth mentioning that the prison tour is conducted by an ex political prisoner who was himself incarcerated at the same prison, along with Nelson Mandela.

    All in all, we had a superb holiday, and I would have no hesitation in recommending exactly the same itinerary to anyone. Thank you for all your help, guidance and suggestions; we would not have had such a great holiday without them.

    Travelled to : South Africa during May 2014.

  • Elodie Lorrin Plagne & Family

    Arvind thanks a lot to have organized this wonderful trip ! We simply loved it. Everything was perfectly organized:

    The camps were beautiful (tortillis is amazing, exceptional view, and excellent food)

    Mara intrepids was very nice also. Less luxurious outside, but the family tent was great, and the food is delicious also. The staff is amazing, kids club so nice.

    All the guides were perfect. We saw lots of animals.

    Gamewatchers company is a very good one. They sent us some medicines by airplane in the camp as my little boy got fever one day and I didn’t have enough anti-fever syrup!

    I will recommend your trip , your company Safari Africa, and your contact to my friends for sure.

    Thanks a lot again for your time and the organization of this trip.

    Travelled to : Kenya during April 2014.

  • Rajive Johri & Family & Friends

    Yes we are back from our wonderful trip and are still recovering from the great time we had there. Everything worked like clock work and we are pleased with everything. We loved the properties.

    Del Aire Graf was wonderful. We loved it and would have liked more time there. Conrad Pezula is a beautiful place.

    Londolozi was once in a lifetime experience. we loved every moment of it. Thanks for everything.

  • Anil Dixit & Family

    I must thank you for the wonderful trip that you organised for us in South Afrika. It was just fabulous all the way & in all aspects. Excellent choice of hotels, great itinerary, super hotel rates, & seamless back to back arrangements for hotels, air, cars, tours. It showed an intimate knowledge, meticulous planning & a fantastic local network.

    I have already recommended you to few of my friends, some of whom have already contacted you. I normally don’t use travel agents, & like to make my own arrangements. In this case I am really glad that I did. Now I want you to plan another Afrika trip for us. We want to see the great migration & more. What would be the best time to go? Look forward to your recommendations.

  • Manisha Gandhi & Family

    My Family experienced our first safari in Tanzania this year. It was an outstanding experience. The wildlife we saw was spectacular(millions of wildebeest, 80 lions- some climbing trees, 6 rhinos, a leopardess with her cubs and her kill in a tree and even a cheetah climbing a tree!) but a major contribution to our outstanding experience was a very well planned and orchestrated itinerary.

    All our accommodations exceeded our expectations in location and service. The guide was very knowledgable and eager to show all the wildlife he could accomplish. From the time of our arrival in Arusha till our drop off every detail was taken care off.

    It was a pleasure to deal with Arvind for the planning of this vacation . He is very knowledgable of the area and offered many great suggestions . He was most agreeable in working with our budgetary constraints and took great effort in giving us many options till we could find one that best suited us. I had done a fair amount of research on the area and was keen on my choices , Arvind very politely vetoed my choices when he felt they would not be the better ones. I am very glad he did! Thank you for all your help in what will be one of our more memorable family time together. I look forward to working with you again.

  • Sharmila Majumdar & Family

    Hi, We went to Africa, took internal flights and some we did not have tickets or boarding passes. We had absolutely no issues - small delays few minutes, but everything went extremely smoothly. So all in all the trip to Africa and back was fantastic.

    Fairview Hotel Nairobi was great, but it really was a short overnight stay, so other than seeing beautiful gardens the next morning it was uneventful. The trip and pick up at JRO worked out well, with our flight arriving early. The stay at Burunge was great, we went on a walk to the lake, some of us got massages, and of course the trip to Tarangire the next day was great. Saw a leopard in a tree with a lion at the base. The viewing s in Tarangire were good, but it pales now in comparison after Ngorongoro and Serengeti Mara.

    The drive to Ngorongoro was great, then the afternoon at Bashay was great by the pool. The next day Ngorongoro was phenomenal we were surrounded by 7-8 lions, saw a buffalo being charged, and giraffes, etc. but no black rhino.

    The trip to Lemala Mara by plane was great. The pick up was on time, and other than the controlled fire round the camp that night, it was a pleasant afternoon game drive. The next two days were phenomenal, saw a pride of 14 lions, three wildebeest migrations, giraffes, cheetah with a kill. No leopards, or rhino. Tons of hippos, crocodiles and monkeys, baboons...

    The stay at Lemala Mara was ranked number one, great food, great service. Bashay was second and Burunge next. But that was just the order,all the stays were great.

    Trip to Zanzibar we got split into two parties, kids came separately, but it all worked out. Zanzibar Stonetown was OK, Sunshine was a great hotel, but Zanzibar was like Hawaii, so after the extraordinary safari, it was relaxing but not unique.

    As I said, the trip was fantastic, all the arrangements worked out brilliantly. Thank you so much for your help.

    Travelled to : Tanzania & Zanzibar during August 2012.

  • Nandini Kapashi & Family

    In July 2012, my family and I visited East Africa, Kenya and Tanzania for 12 days, on a vacation planned for us by Arvind Amersey of Safari Africa. Arvind is well informed about the game parks in Africa and planned our trip to perfection.

    We arrived in Nairobi, all excited to start our adventure, with a few reservations too, being the complete city people that we are.

    It turned out to be one of our most memorable vacations.

    Everything seemed to be working for us; the weather was fantastic, and we were extremely lucky to sight most of the elusive animals.

    We had never been on safari before and the entire experience was magical! We couldnt get enough. To travel through the bush in half open vehicles, the excitement of pursuing wild animals, hoping to see them in their natural habitat, up close and personal was the thrill of a lifetime.

    We saw lions, zebras, elephants, giraffes, wildebeest, hippos, 2 rhinos, 1 leopard, cheetahs, buffaloes, gerenuks, oryx, jackals, impalas, Thompson gazelles, water bucks, ostriches, grant gazelles, baboons, starlings, guinea fowls, cranes, flamingoes, crocodiles, cheetahs, dik dik deer, crater kudus, topis, vultures, buzzards, klipspringers, eland bulls, and many species of bird whose names I dont recall.. Phew! Hope I got them all, though Im certain I missed a few! We were fortunate to have witnessed the after kill of a cheetah, a section of wildebeest migration and a hyena kill.

    We visited the Ol-Pejeta Conservancy, the Samburu Game Reserve, the Ngorongoro Crater and the Northern area of the Serengeti Mara area. Most of the accommodations were excellent, with plenty of vegetarian food, both Indian and otherwise, available at will. The gorgeous Mount Kenya Safari Club, which provided a welcome respite from the hectic pace of game-watching, is highly recommended.

    My tips? Its a must-do vacation. But wait till your kids are old enough to rough it out a bit and be patient, because unlike a zoo, you may or may not get to see what you set out to. Its a great bonding opportunity for urban families, with none of the usual distractions of a city. Also, if you are city people, like us, be sure to read the fine print and avoid semi-permanent lodges, however luxurious, as you may be in for a slightly more uncomfortable experience than you envisioned.

    All in all, it was fantastic and I cant wait for my next safari!

    Thanks Arvind and the team of Safari Africa!

    Travelled to : Kenya & Tanzania during July 2012.

  • Arvind Kumar & family & Friends

    Back from a great holiday filled with adventure. Thank u. Thought i will share a few experiences with u for ur future reference.

    To start with we reached Nairobi on time and it was good to take a break there, since we were too tired. Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel was an amazing property. Realized we have stayed there once, when we were coming back frm Lagos via Nairobi.

    Flight from Nairobi to Kilimanjoro was a 13 seater plane. No probs. Good weather. Reached on time. From there to Lake Manyara took 4 to 5 hours. Since we reached late, we couldnt do the Manyara National Park game viewing. I think one shd. avoid Lake Manyara game drive since its nothing compared to Serengetti & Ngorongoro. Property was really good. Wish we were there for some more time.

    Next day morning after breakfast drove down to Serengetti. On the way we saw some migration. Drive was too long and tracks are bad. But u can't blame them, since they don't allow any concrete structure inside national parks. Beautiful drive...As the name suggests endless plains. On all the four sides it s never ending. The property we went was on the western corridor, where migration happens mostly in June. Extremely beautiful, can't describe n words. One has to go & feel it. But you have to cross Mbalagetti river, which gets flooded during rainy seasons. Our driver refused to take the jeep down since he didnt know the depth of water. So we were stranded n the middle of SERENGETTI for almost 1 hour. Waiting for someone to tell us whether it was ok to cross the river . There is a footpath bridge. But there was no sign of Hotel vehicle on the other side. Waited & waited. Tried to contact everyone on wireless, but n vain. Light was fading. It was really scary. Finally saw one vehicle crossing the river and so we did & reached the property.

    One more word of cautin about Mbalagetti lodge. Even though it was luxurious, slightly isolated. Felt a bit depressed n the night since all the chalets are separated by 500 meters & no communication with each other. No electricity n the night frm 11 to 5 am & again n the noon. After dark u need Masai tribe to escort to the dining hall, reception, to ur room etc. U can contact masai n emergency by blowing a whistle. It was really an experience for all of us. Def. enjoyed the thrill of unknown events. N the night one could hear lion roaring, impalas near ur chalets. But the staffs were exptremely good. Hospitality at its best.

    But game viewing was ok after the 1st day n SERENGETTI. we were upgraded to a suite thanks to all the earlier chaos. So the children stayed together. Again their Executive suite, My goodness, absolute Luxury..Beautiful views from every angle. After 2 days of relaxing n Mblagetti, reached NGORONGORO farm house after a tiring drive. Property was decent. But nothing compared to MBALAGETTI LODGE .

    NGORONGORO crater. i wud say one of the most beautiful places i have ever been to. Plenty of game viewing. We saw a pride of lions next to our jeep, saw a lion hunting a warthog. It was amazing.

    To sum it up for ur future clients:
    Actual migration(n Millions) happens in Mid June to Mid July. Even though we saw one herd of Wilderbeasts & zebras(Maybe 100000).

    In May migration happens n south corridor, so lodges n south are preferred. In June July, West s preferred. Mblagettti lodge s full during those seasons, since u can see the migration from the lodge, as it is situated on the top of a hill.

    Mbalagetti is the best if u like isolation and really wild adventure. Be prepared for a no communication zone anywhere n SERENGETTI.

    And Finally everywhere n SERENGETTI (especially during Migration) Horse flies are too many. They are really a nuisance. Apply Insect Repellent creames throught your journey. Not a pleasant experience if u dont.

    Roads are damn good n Tanzania & Nairobi (outside National Parks). U can compare it to the west. So one can avoid the flight journey from Nairobi to Kilimanjaro to save cost and take a road trip. But make sure u reach the border on time. It opens at 6 n the morning & close at 6 n the evening sharp.

    Had a great trip. Thank u once again. If u want to see some snaps, am there n FB.

    Travelled to : Tanzania during May 2012.

  • Aditi Kothari & friends

    We had a great time in Masai Mara. The trip was planned very well and we stayed in some lovely lodges Il Moran & Mara Explorer.

    Saw some incredible sights that included lions and buffalo interacting, a black mamba snake and the wilderbeest crossing with a crocodile attacking the unfortunate. All in all we had a very smooth trip that was meticulously executed. Thanks for all your help.

    Travelled to : Masai Mara for the migration during August.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Ramneek Bakhshi

    Masai Mara and Ngrongoro crater with WPO. All arrangements met our expectations The accommodation and transportations were good.

    The guides were excellent, and the game viewing was spectacular.If there was a shortcoming , it was the food. Adequate but for example, In governors camp they served EXACTLY the same salad over lunch and dinner for the three days.

    Mbuze Mavi was an excellent choice . Great rooms , excellent food, friendly service.

    Travelled to : Kenya and Tanzania for the migration in August.

  • Shilpa Khandelwal & family

    We had a wonderful holiday in East Africa thanks to Arvind Amarseys impeccable planning! Quite a few of our friends recommended that we do our bookings through him and we don't regret the decision one bit!

    He was very patient and kind during the planning stage as we had zillions of questions and wanted everything to be perfect. A wonderful driver guide(called Kiwiya)picked us up from the airport and was with us throughout.All the hotels were excellent and the safaris well planned and executed.

    Anyone planning a holiday to Africa can rest assured that Arvind will give them exactly what they want and an experience to remember for a life time!

    Travelled to : Tanzania in July.

  • Tarun Kataria & family

    After a number of years of arranging our safaris through other specialists, I worked with Arvind on our most recent one.

    He and his team were very knowledgeable, professional and responsive through the entire process. It was a pleasure to have worked with him.

    Travelled to : Northern Serengeti during July.

  • Shraddha Jain & Family

    We had a wonderful time... South Africa is just beautiful. The Game Reserve was an amazing experience.

    The guide for both Shamwari n garden route to Cape Town was very knowledgeable n that was an added benefit. One of our most memorable n beautiful trips... Thank you.

    Travelled to : South Africa during early June.

  • Rajul Parikh Director, Sales & Marketing - Alfaa UV

    Safari Africa caught our attention through a mailer that we received. From the time we made our first enquiry, to the day we left, we experienced an efficient and courteous response to all our queries etc.

    Safari Africa understood our needs and tailor made our itinirery accordingly. The resorts and hotels that were selected by them were lovely and we had a wonderful experience. The difference we think, lay in Arvinds own passion, interest and firsthand experience of Africa.Thank you Arvind for making our trip so memorable.

    Travelled to : Tanzania and Zanzibar in June.

  • Poorvi Shah & family

    We were very happy with the detailed itinerary which spelt out every aspect of the trip - city pick up and drop, the background information about Tanzania, the wildlife and potential sightings, what was included and what was not, etc.

    We were one of the first customers yet we felt that travel arrangements were well done. There were some minor hitches which got ironed out. Our guide was well versed with the roads, trails, the animals and the birds. He was very courteous and quite punctual. The hotel, Lobo Lodge was beautifully rustic and has the most amazing location. The view of the Savannah from there was breathtaking - just like Out of Africa!

    Travelled to : Tanzania during October 2010.

  • Mr. Narayan Pant & Family, Singapore

    Our family went to Kenya and Tanzania for two weeks in July 2013. I had lived in Kenya in the late 1960's and early 1970's so was eager to share my experiences with my family.

    My memories from that period were fuzzy but enough for me to ask Arvind about different game parks that I thought we should visit. Naturally, things had changed quite a bit since my time there. Arvind asked me a lot of useful questions like – what would you consider a successful trip? Are there some animals that are a "must see"? Is there a particular location that you would definitely like to see?

    He then came back to us with an itinerary that was only 50% what I had anticipated. He suggested Samburu Game Reserve which was not high on my list. However, in Samburu, we saw a magnificent leopard up a tree with its kill, the reticulated giraffe which is unique to that region and the amazing Gerenuk, or giraffe antelope, that stands up on its hind feet to reach to the higher levels of bushes. This was a genuinely unique experience – the terrain around the Ewaso Ngiro river was truly unusual. We then wanted to go to the Maasai Mara. However, Arvind persuaded us to stay instead at the Naboisho conservancy at the edges of the Maasai Mara. We are extremely grateful for the suggestion. Yes, we went to the Mara river to see the crossing, but we also saw the huge crowds that disturbed and disrupted the wildebeest as they tried to cross. We were very grateful to return to the conservancy where we felt the lodges and rangers were much more concerned about the animals than the circus around the Mara river on the Kenyan side of the border.

    Again, going into Tanzania, Arvind's suggestion was that we stay in the northern part of the Serengeti, near the Kenyan border. We are very glad we did. The camp we stayed at – Nomad Lamai – was outstanding as was the game viewing, covering all the big cats and an extremely rare sighting of rhino mother with child.

    We finished our trip with an overland drive through Ngorongoro and Tarangire. I had to go to Ngorongoro because of the memories from my childhood. To be honest, we could have done without given how much game we had seen until then, but it is a natural wonder of the world. I appreciate Arvind's suggestion that we spend no more than a day there. Finally, Tarangire was a more sedate experience with African pythons, Martial Eagles, Owls and other birds of prey.

    This trip to Africa was for us, a "bucket list" trip. I can't imagine that we will do a trip like this again in the foreseeable future. I am very glad we had Arvind's advice, suggestions and organization that made this a truly memorable experience.

    Travelled to : Tanzania in July 2013.

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